• Opinion: Baseball Should Extend Safety Netting Now

    by Bob Ford August 2016

    The truth, as any baseball fans knows, is the same in the stands as it is on the field. The ball will find you. Pushing the nets another 10 feet down the lines, which is about what was recommended this season, still leaves great swaths of seating exposed. Some of the worst screaming line drives enter the stands way down the line beyond the dugouts.

  • Funding Stadiums Through Hotel Tax Draws Criticism

    by Brent Schrotenboer August 2016

    The people voting on so-called tourist taxes — local residents — generally won't have to pay for them because they don't stay in local hotels. The people who do pay for them — visitors — don't get a vote on them because they live somewhere else.

  • Construction on $55M MiLB Ballpark May Begin Soon

    by Christopher Placek August 2016

    Since announcing the plans at a State of the Village address last September, Rosemont Mayor Brad Stephens has been working with investors of the proposed baseball franchise to secure the team's placement in the American Association of Independent Professional Baseball, a 12-team minor league based in Durham, North Carolina.

  • K-State Improves Fan Experience with Stadium Upgrades

    by Delaney Hiegert August 2016

    The 48-year-old Kansas State University Bill Snyder Family Stadium, with a current total of 27 consecutive sellouts, is undergoing massive improvements as part of six-phase master plan to upgrade the facility. The construction started in 2010, with the addition of restrooms on the east side viewing level of the stadium and has expanded to include new seating, concession stands, additional locker rooms space, state-of-the-art strength and training recovery facilities, an academic learning center, a cafeteria for K-State athletes and more. A K-State website outlines the construction renovation process, which is in the midst of stage three. The second half of phase three will be finished before the end of summer and include a 360-degree concourse and two massive video-boards on each end of the complex.

  • Water Issues Aside, Rio Aquatic Stadium A Tech Wonder

    by AB Editors August 2016

    While the world has been transfixed and astonished by the failures of the maintenance staff at the Olympic Aquatics Stadium, the technical achievement embodied by the stadium itself has gone relatively unnoticed. It is a truly innovative venue.

  • City May Spend $50K on Ice Rink

    by Kirk Brown August 2016

    Anderson city officials want to spend nearly $50,000 on an aluminum platform to support the skating rink at Carolina Wren Park during the winter holidays. The platform, consisting of 18 interlocking sections with adjustable legs, would form a firm and flat surface for the rink’s synthetic ice, said city Recreation Director Bobby Beville.

  • Opinion: Calls for Permanent Olympics Locale Misguided

    by San Angelo Standard-Times August 2016

    It would be very wrong to diminish the majesty and international scope of the Olympic Games by, as some are suggesting, anchoring them in Greece or on permanent sites on five continents.

  • Minor League Stadium to Expand Netting Next Season

    by Marc Pendleton August 2016

    With added safety in mind and a prod from Major League Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred, the Dayton Dragons announced Wednesday that protective netting would cover all lower-level seating at Fifth Third Field beginning next season.

  • Chunk of Masonry Falls from Ohio U. Stadium

    by Bill Bush and Mary Mogan Edwards August 2016

    When the Ohio University football Bobcats return to Peden Stadium in a couple of weeks, the 97-year-old brick edifice will be without some of its decorative stone moldings. A large chunk of molding fell from the stadium sometime last month, and the university is having the rest of it removed.

  • Stadium Camera Catches Player Assaulting Girlfriend

    by Fares Sabawi August 2016

    Inside a Whataburger Field stairwell, a Hooks player backhanded his girlfriend three times, according to an arrest affidavit. Footage of the attack, captured on video surveillance, prompted Hooks officials to contact police the next day. The affidavit into what led to the arrest of outfielder Danry Vasquez was released to the Caller-Times on Tuesday.